Vesna Kilibarda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Office: HH 445
Online Course Offered:
M118 Finite Mathematics class develops and utilizes concepts from probability, linear algebra and optimization to solve problems in business and the social sciences. Topics include set theory, linear systems, matrices, determinants, probability, and linear programming.
For a complete Description for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.
The main goal is to develop the competency of mathematical problem solving in business and social sciences. Upon successfully finishing this course, you will be able to:
A) Read and understand various quantitative studies performed in your fields.
B) Analyze problems and use proper procedures and formulae to solve problems in your fields
C) Use the knowledge gained to become better consumers and citizens.
For a complete listing of Objectives for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.
Here are a few examples of problems that you will understand:
Cost Control An appliance repair shop has 5 vacuum cleaners, 12 TV sets, and 18 VCRs to be repaired. The store employs two part-time repairmen. One repairman can repair one vacuum cleaner, two TV sets and six VCRs in 1 week, while the second repairmen can repair one vacuum cleaner, two TV sets and six VCRs in one week. The first employee is paid $250 a week and the second employee is paid $220 a week. To minimize the cost, how many weeks should each of the two repairmen be employed?
Family What is the probability that a family with exactly 4 children will have the same number of boys and girls?
SportsIn a track contest the odds that A will win are 1 to 2, and the odds that B will win are 2 to 3. Find the probability that A or B wins the race, assuming a tie is impossible.
For a complete list of Activities/Assignments for this course, click on the Course Syllabus tab.